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Code Name: Emerald (1985)

PG  |   |  Action, Drama, War  |  27 September 1985 (USA)
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In april 1944, an allied agent is sent to France in order to rescue an "overlord" captured by the Germans. (An "overlord" is one of the few men who knew the date and place of the "D" day). ... See full summary »



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In april 1944, an allied agent is sent to France in order to rescue an "overlord" captured by the Germans. (An "overlord" is one of the few men who knew the date and place of the "D" day). To achieve this goal, he will be supported by a secret friend of the allies, a very important German officer and the French resistance. But the nazi SS is not resting... Written by Luis Carvacho <>

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The "Emerald" titled films Emerald City (1988), Code Name: Emerald (1985) and The Emerald Forest (1985) were all made and released around the time of the mid-late 1980s. See more »


When Ed Harris' character jumps out of the plane, he's wearing a green uniform. The camera cuts to a long shot of him descending with his parachute open. In that shot, the parachutist is wearing a white winter uniform. See more »

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Atmospheric Wartime Drama
5 March 2005 | by (The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

CODE NAME : EMERALD is an intelligent and intriguing World War 2 espionage film, based on the novel "The Emerald illusion", about a double agent (Ed Harris) in Paris in the days before D-Day. The film has many impressive moments of acting and production. The actors are brilliant, especially Ed Harris, he is at his best here, extremely virile, powerful and sensitive, and Horst Buchholz, who was already a veteran actor at this time, is perfectly cast as the deceitfully charming SS general, and Helmut Berger here in a very uncongenial role. Also fine performances by Max von Sydow, Eric Stoltz and Cyrielle Claire.

The lack of action is not a deficiency but an advantage, it contributes to the fact that the character of the film is rather more than less romantic. Particularly striking are the beautiful locations in Paris: Occupied France, Paris in the spring: The portrait of this era is vividly created. I am also deeply impressed by the musical score by John Addison. It adds a melancholic tone to the whole picture and it emphasizes the fact that all this happened a long time ago.

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